Lawrence Y Agodoa

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    ABSTRACT: An analysis of intracranial hemorrhage (ICH) in a national sample of autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD) patients receiving long-term dialysis has not been reported. It is often assumed that patients with ADPKD are not at increased risk of ICH after starting dialysis. We hypothesized that patients with ADPKD would have a higher subsequent risk of ICH even after the start of chronic dialysis. Retrospective cohort study of Medicare primary patients with and without ADPKD in the United States Renal Data System (USRDS), initiated on chronic dialysis or transplanted between 1 January 1999 and 3 July 2009, and followed until 31 December 2009. Covariates included age, gender, race, prior stroke, diabetes mellitus, dialysis modality, body mass index, serum albumin and other co-morbid conditions from the Medical Evidence Form. Primary outcome was ICH, based on inpatient and outpatient Medicare claims, and all-cause mortality. Kaplan-Meier analysis was used for unadjusted assessment of time to events. Cox regression was used for assessment of factors associated with ICH and mortality. We performed competing risk regression using kidney transplant and death as competing risks. Kidney transplant was also modeled as a time-dependent covariate in Cox regression. Competing risk regression demonstrated that ADPKD had a subhazard ratio 2.97 for ICH (95% CI 2.27-3.89). Adjusted Cox analysis showed that ADPKD patients had an AHR for death of 0.59 vs. non-ADPKD patients (95% CI 0.57-0.61). ADPKD is a significant risk factor for ICH among patients on maintenance dialysis. Our Medicare primary cohort was older than in previous studies of intracranial aneurysm rupture among ADPKD patients. There are also limitations inherent to using the USRDS database.
    BMC Nephrology 02/2014; 15(1):39. · 1.64 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Background The relevance of the cause of kidney disease to prognosis among patients with chronic kidney disease is uncertain. Study Design Observational study. Settings & Participants 6,245 nondialysis participants in the Study of Heart and Renal Protection (SHARP). Predictor Baseline cause of kidney disease was categorized into 4 groups: cystic kidney disease, diabetic nephropathy, glomerulonephritis, and other recorded diagnoses. Outcomes End-stage renal disease (ESRD; dialysis or transplantation) and death. Results During an average 4.7 years' follow-up, 2,080 participants progressed to ESRD, including 454 with cystic kidney disease (23% per year), 378 with glomerulonephritis (10% per year), 309 with diabetic nephropathy (12% per year), and 939 with other recorded diagnoses (8% per year). By comparison with patients with cystic kidney disease, other disease groups had substantially lower adjusted risks of ESRD (relative risks of 0.28 [95% CI, 0.24-0.32], 0.40 [95% CI, 0.34-0.47], and 0.29 [95% CI, 0.25-0.32] for glomerulonephritis, diabetic nephropathy, and other recorded diagnoses, respectively). Albuminuria and baseline estimated glomerular filtration rate were associated more weakly with risk of ESRD in patients with cystic kidney disease than the 3 other diagnostic categories (P for interaction, <0.001 and 0.01, respectively). Death before ESRD was uncommon in patients with cystic kidney disease, but was a major competing risk for participants with diabetic nephropathy, whose adjusted risk of death was 2-fold higher than that of the cystic kidney disease group (relative risk, 2.35 [95% CI, 1.73-3.18]). Limitations Exclusion of patients with prior myocardial infarction or coronary revascularization. Conclusions The cause of kidney disease has substantial prognostic implications. Other things being equal, patients with cystic kidney disease are at much higher risk of ESRD (and much lower risk of death before ESRD) than other patients. Patients with diabetic nephropathy are at particularly high risk of death prior to reaching ESRD.
    American Journal of Kidney Diseases 01/2014; · 5.29 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: An analysis of income and racial/ethnic disparities on renal transplant outcomes in recipients with lupus nephritis (LN) has not been reported. We analyzed the United States Renal Data System database to assess the impact of these disparities on graft loss and death in the LN and non-LN cohorts. METHODS: We identified 4214 patients with LN as the cause of end-stage renal disease in a retrospective cohort of 150,118 patients first transplanted from January 1, 1995 to July 1, 2006. We merged data on median household income from the United States Census based on the ZIP code. RESULTS: In multivariate Cox regression analyses, African-Americans (AF) recipients with LN (vs. non-AF) had an increased risk of graft loss (adjusted hazard ratio [AHR], 1.39; 95% confidence interval [CI], 1.21-1.60) and death (AHR, 1.33; 95% CI, 1.09-1.63). Furthermore, there were significant associations of lower-income quintiles with higher risk for graft loss and death among AF with LN. In comparison, among non-AF recipients with LN, income levels did not predict risk for transplant outcomes. The racial disparity for both graft loss and death outcomes among AF with LN was greater than among AF without LN (AHR, 1.32; 95% CI, 1.29-1.36 for graft loss and AHR, 1.02; 95% CI, 0.99-1.05 for death). CONCLUSIONS: AF kidney transplant recipients with LN were at increased risk for graft loss and death compared with non-AF. Income levels were associated with the risk of graft loss and death in AF but not in non-AF recipients with LN.
    Transplantation 05/2013; · 3.78 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Pulse pressure (PP), a marker of arterial system properties, has been linked to cardiovascular (CV) complications. We examined (a) association between unit changes of PP and (i) composite CV outcomes and (ii) development of left-ventricular hypertrophy (LVH) and (b) effect of mean arterial pressure (MAP) control on rate of change in PP. We studied 1094 nondiabetics with nephrosclerosis in the African American Study of Kidney Disease and Hypertension. Subjects were randomly assigned to usual MAP goal (102-107 mmHg) or a lower MAP goal (≤92 mmHg) and randomized to beta-blocker, angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitor, or calcium channel blocker. After covariate adjustment, a higher PP was associated with increased risk of CV outcome (RR = 1.28, CI = 1.11-1.47, P < 0.01) and new LVH (RR = 1.26, CI = 1.04-1.54, P = 0.02). PP increased at a greater rate in the usual than in lower MAP groups (slope ± SE: 1.08 ± 0.15 versus 0.42 ± 0.15 mmHg/year, P = 0.002), but not by the antihypertensive treatment assignment. Observations indicate that control to a lower MAP slows the progression of PP, a correlate of cardiovascular remodeling and complications, and may be beneficial to CV health.
    International journal of nephrology. 01/2013; 2013:120167.
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    ABSTRACT: The objective of our study was to determine the effects of 2 antihypertensive drug dose schedules (PM dose and add-on dose) on nocturnal blood pressure (BP) in comparison with usual therapy (AM dose) in blacks with hypertensive chronic kidney disease and controlled office BP. In a 3-period, crossover trial, former participants of the African American Study of Kidney Disease were assigned to receive the following 3 regimens, each lasting 6 weeks, presented in random order: AM dose (once-daily antihypertensive medications taken in the morning), PM dose (once-daily antihypertensives taken at bedtime), and add-on dose (once-daily antihypertensives taken in the morning and an additional antihypertensive medication before bedtime [diltiazem 60-120 mg, hydralazine 25 mg, or additional ramipril 5 mg]). Ambulatory BP monitoring was performed at the end of each period. The primary outcome was nocturnal systolic BP. Mean age of the study population (n=147) was 65.4 years, 64% were men, and mean estimated glomerular filtration rate was 44.9 mL/min per 1.73 m(2). At the end of each period, mean (SE) nocturnal systolic BP was 125.6 (1.2) mm Hg in the AM dose, 123.9 (1.2) mm Hg in the PM dose, and 123.5 (1.2) mm Hg in the add-on dose. None of the pairwise differences in nocturnal, 24-hour, and daytime systolic BP was statistically significant. Among blacks with hypertensive chronic kidney disease, neither PM (bedtime) dosing of once-daily antihypertensive nor the addition of drugs taken at bedtime significantly reduced nocturnal BP compared with morning dosing of antihypertensive medications.
    Hypertension 11/2012; · 6.87 Impact Factor
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    David Martins, Lawrence Agodoa, Keith C Norris
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    ABSTRACT: African Americans have a disproportionate burden of chronic kidney disease (CKD), which tends to have an earlier onset and a more rapid progression in this population. Many of the factors responsible for the rapid progression of CKD in African Americans are detectable by screening and are modifiable with prompt therapy.
    Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine 10/2012; 79(10):726-34. · 3.40 Impact Factor
  • Kenneth A Jamerson, Lawrence Agodoa
    Archives of internal medicine 09/2012; · 11.46 Impact Factor
  • Keith C Norris, Lawrence Y Agodoa
    Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology 08/2012; 7(9):1378-81. · 5.07 Impact Factor
  • American Journal of Kidney Diseases 01/2012; 59(1 Suppl 1):A7, e1-420. · 5.29 Impact Factor
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    David Martins, Lawrence Agodoa, Keith Norris
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    ABSTRACT: Disadvantaged populations across the globe exhibit a disproportionate burden of chronic kidney disease (CKD) because of differences in CKD occurrence and outcomes. Although many CKD risk factors can be managed and modified to optimize clinical outcomes, the prevailing socioeconomic and cultural factors in disadvantaged populations, more often than not, militate against optimum clinical outcomes. In addition, disadvantaged populations exhibit a broader spectrum of CKD risk factors and may be genetically predisposed to an earlier onset and a more rapid progression of chronic kidney disease. A basic understanding of the vulnerabilities of the disadvantaged populations will facilitate the adaptation and adoption of the kidney disease treatment and prevention guidelines for these vulnerable populations. The purpose of this paper is to examine recent discoveries and data on CKD occurrence and outcomes in disadvantaged populations and explore strategies for the prevention and treatment of CKD in these populations based on the established guidelines.
    International journal of nephrology. 01/2012; 2012:469265.
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    ABSTRACT: Alemtuzumab and rabbit antithymocyte globulin (rATG) are being used with increasing frequency as induction agents in kidney transplantation. Using the US Renal Data Base System, we analyzed the safety profile of these agents in the elderly. In a cohort of patients transplanted from January 2000 to July 2009 and followed through 2009, we assessed the effect of induction on allograft loss and death among elderly recipients. Recipients were censored at dates of allograft loss, death or the end of study. Independent associations between induction agents and allograft loss or death were examined using multivariate analysis with forward stepwise Cox regression. Among 130,402 patients with first transplants, 14,907 were age 65 years or older. 4,466 (30%), 3,049 (20.5%), 1,501 (10.1%), and 999 (6.7%) were induced with thymoglobulin, basiliximab, daclizumab, and alemtuzumab, respectively. After adjusting for baseline differences, induction with alemtuzumab was associated with an increased risk of graft loss and death, with an adjusted hazard ratio (AHR) of 1.26 (95% CI 1.08-1.48). Risk was also present at other age cutoffs [age >60 (AHR 1.16; 95% CI 1.03-1.31; p = 0.014), age >70 (AHR 1.43; 95% CI 1.13-1.81; p = 0.003) and age >75 (AHR 1.68; 95% CI 1.07-2.63; p = 0.024)]. In the elderly, alemtuzumab is associated with an escalating risk of death and graft loss in recipients of kidney transplantations.
    American Journal of Nephrology 11/2011; 34(6):534-41. · 2.62 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: We investigated the effect of smoking on postkidney transplant outcomes in the United States Renal Data System. In a retrospective cohort of 41,705 adult Medicare primary renal transplant recipients in the United States Renal Data System database transplanted from January 1, 2000, to June 30, 2006, and followed through October 31, 2006, we assessed Medicare claims for smoking. The association between renal allograft loss and death and smoking as a time-dependent variable was assessed with Cox nonproportional hazards regression. Of 41,705 Medicare primary adult renal transplant patients, there were 9.9% patients who had evidence of prior smoking and 4.6% patients with new claims for smoking after transplant. Incident smoking (new onset smokers) occurred at a mean of 1.29±0.88 years after transplant. In the adjusted analysis, factors associated with new smoking included male gender, history of drug or alcohol use, history of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and later year of transplant. Compared with never smokers, incident smoking after transplant was associated with increased risk of death-censored allograft loss (adjusted hazard ratio [AHR] 1.46 [95% confidence interval {CI}: 1.19-1.79]; P<0.001) and death (AHR 2.32 [95% CI: 1.98-2.72]; P<0.001). In a sensitivity analysis excluding patients with history of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, similar results were obtained with increased risk of death-censored allograft loss (AHR 1.43 [95% CI: 1.16-1.76]; P=0.001) and death (AHR 2.26 [95% CI: 1.91-2.66]; P<0.001). Incident smoking was detrimental to graft and patient survival. Transplant programs should screen those at risk during transplant follow-up and have smoking cessation programs.
    Transplantation 09/2011; 92(10):1101-7. · 3.78 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Posttransplant neutropenia (PTN) is relatively common after kidney transplantation, and may result in a reduction of immunosuppression, which may precipitate acute rejection. Granulocyte colony-stimulating factors (GCSF) have been used to treat PTN, although outcomes associated with use of this medication in this population are unknown. In a retrospective cohort of 41,705 adult Medicare primary patients transplanted from January 2001 to June 2006, we assessed Medicare claims for neutropenia, leukopenia, and GCSF use, respectively. Outcomes included allograft loss and death. There were 6043 (14.5%) patients with claims for PTN. Factors associated with PTN included female gender, Caucasian ethnicity, ischemic heart disease, donor cytomegalovirus positive, deceased donor, expanded donor criteria, delayed graft function, elevated panel reactive antibody, higher human leukocyte antigen mismatch, and later year of transplant. Thymoglobulin induction, tacrolimus, and mycophenolate mofetil were also associated. PTN was less frequent among patients with congestive heart failure, recipient cytomegalovirus positive, and interleukin-2 induction. PTN was associated with increased risk of allograft loss (adjusted hazard ratio, 1.59; 95% confidence interval, 1.43-1.76; P<0.001) and death (adjusted hazard ratio, 1.74; 95% confidence interval, 1.59-1.90; P<0.001). Of the 6043 patients with PTN, 740 (12.2%) received GCSF. Patients who received GCSF had a lower risk of death on unadjusted analysis, but this only trended towards significance after adjustment. Neutropenia after renal transplantation is common and is associated with an increased risk of allograft loss and death. GCSF was used in 12% of cases and did not increase risk of allograft loss. Strategies to avoid PTN and greater use of GCSF may be indicated to prevent graft loss and death.
    Transplantation 07/2011; 92(1):36-40. · 3.78 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Lowering LDL cholesterol with statin regimens reduces the risk of myocardial infarction, ischaemic stroke, and the need for coronary revascularisation in people without kidney disease, but its effects in people with moderate-to-severe kidney disease are uncertain. The SHARP trial aimed to assess the efficacy and safety of the combination of simvastatin plus ezetimibe in such patients. This randomised double-blind trial included 9270 patients with chronic kidney disease (3023 on dialysis and 6247 not) with no known history of myocardial infarction or coronary revascularisation. Patients were randomly assigned to simvastatin 20 mg plus ezetimibe 10 mg daily versus matching placebo. The key prespecified outcome was first major atherosclerotic event (non-fatal myocardial infarction or coronary death, non-haemorrhagic stroke, or any arterial revascularisation procedure). All analyses were by intention to treat. This trial is registered at, NCT00125593, and ISRCTN54137607. 4650 patients were assigned to receive simvastatin plus ezetimibe and 4620 to placebo. Allocation to simvastatin plus ezetimibe yielded an average LDL cholesterol difference of 0·85 mmol/L (SE 0·02; with about two-thirds compliance) during a median follow-up of 4·9 years and produced a 17% proportional reduction in major atherosclerotic events (526 [11·3%] simvastatin plus ezetimibe vs 619 [13·4%] placebo; rate ratio [RR] 0·83, 95% CI 0·74-0·94; log-rank p=0·0021). Non-significantly fewer patients allocated to simvastatin plus ezetimibe had a non-fatal myocardial infarction or died from coronary heart disease (213 [4·6%] vs 230 [5·0%]; RR 0·92, 95% CI 0·76-1·11; p=0·37) and there were significant reductions in non-haemorrhagic stroke (131 [2·8%] vs 174 [3·8%]; RR 0·75, 95% CI 0·60-0·94; p=0·01) and arterial revascularisation procedures (284 [6·1%] vs 352 [7·6%]; RR 0·79, 95% CI 0·68-0·93; p=0·0036). After weighting for subgroup-specific reductions in LDL cholesterol, there was no good evidence that the proportional effects on major atherosclerotic events differed from the summary rate ratio in any subgroup examined, and, in particular, they were similar in patients on dialysis and those who were not. The excess risk of myopathy was only two per 10,000 patients per year of treatment with this combination (9 [0·2%] vs 5 [0·1%]). There was no evidence of excess risks of hepatitis (21 [0·5%] vs 18 [0·4%]), gallstones (106 [2·3%] vs 106 [2·3%]), or cancer (438 [9·4%] vs 439 [9·5%], p=0·89) and there was no significant excess of death from any non-vascular cause (668 [14·4%] vs 612 [13·2%], p=0·13). Reduction of LDL cholesterol with simvastatin 20 mg plus ezetimibe 10 mg daily safely reduced the incidence of major atherosclerotic events in a wide range of patients with advanced chronic kidney disease. Merck/Schering-Plough Pharmaceuticals; Australian National Health and Medical Research Council; British Heart Foundation; UK Medical Research Council.
    The Lancet 06/2011; 377(9784):2181-92. · 39.06 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: We previously reported that posttransplant lymphoproliferative disorders (PTLD) occurred more frequently in non-African American (AF) kidney transplant recipients. An in-depth analysis of racial differences in the development of PTLD has not been reported. We assessed Medicare claims for PTLD in a retrospective cohort of 53,719 patients who underwent transplantation from January 2000 to September 2006 and followed up through December 2007. There were 719 (1.3%) patients with claims for PTLD. Non-AF recipient race (including all races analyzed separately, adjusted hazard ratio [AHR] 1.38, 95% confidence interval [CI] 1.13-1.68), recipient Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) immunoglobulin G (IgG) seronegative status (AHR 1.88, 95% CI 1.53-2.34), and de novo sirolimus (AHR 1.22, 95% CI 1.03-1.45) were associated with an increased risk of PTLD. Furthermore, de novo sirolimus showed a significant interaction with EBV IgG; among EBV IgG-negative recipients, sirolimus use was significant (P = 0.003), but among EBV IgG-positive recipients, it was not significant (P = 0.18). EBV IgG-seronegative status was significant in all races except for AFs, and racial differences were a significant effect modifier for EBV IgG status and risk of PTLD. Mortality subsequent to PTLD did not differ by race. CONCLUSIONS.: AF kidney transplant recipients were at lower risk for PTLD, irrespective of the recipient EBV IgG serostatus. On the contrary, recipient EBV IgG-seronegative status was associated with a higher risk of PTLD in the non-AF population. De novo sirolimus therapy was associated with increased risk of PTLD in EBV IgG-negative recipients, regardless of race.
    Transplantation 05/2011; 92(2):190-5. · 3.78 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Influenza vaccination is recommended in all renal transplant recipients. However, immunosuppression in the early period post-transplant may attenuate the immunologic response to the vaccine. Additionally, it has been theorized that vaccination can induce an immune response that could trigger rejection episodes. In a retrospective cohort of 51,730 adult Medicare primary patients who were first transplanted from January 2000 to July 2006 and followed through October 2006, we assessed Medicare claims for influenza vaccination and influenza infections, respectively. Outcomes included allograft loss and death. There were 9678 (18.7%) patients with claims for influenza vaccination in the first year post-transplant. Factors associated with vaccination included older age, diabetes, later year of transplant, and tacrolimus or mycophenolate at discharge. Vaccinations were less frequent among men, African Americans, highly sensitized patients, or those receiving induction immunosuppression or expanded criteria donor kidneys. Vaccination in the first year after transplant was associated with lower risk of subsequent allograft loss and death. Claims for influenza infection were reported in 310 (0.6%) patients and were not significantly associated with graft loss, although there was a trend toward death. In the first year after renal transplantation, influenza vaccination was associated with a lower risk of subsequent allograft loss and death. Although this study cannot comment on formation of protective antibodies after vaccination, these data do not support withholding vaccination on the basis of concerns of adversely affecting allograft function.
    Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology 05/2011; 6(5):1192-7. · 5.07 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: We carried out an analysis of the United States Renal Data System to determine the incidence, risk factors and prognosis of renal cell carcinoma (RCC) in a national population of patients receiving incident long-term dialysis. In Cox regression, male gender, older age, end-stage renal disease caused by obstruction, tuberous sclerosis, focal segmental glomerulosclerosis, as well as acquired renal cysts, were independently associated with RCC. Most cases of RCC in incident long-term dialysis patients occurred in patients without acquired renal cysts. A diagnosis of RCC was associated with increased risk of subsequent mortality overall and in all high-risk groups.
    Urology 04/2011; 77(6):1271-6. · 2.42 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: We examined the United States Renal Data System registry to analyze trends in renal transplantation in patients with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. A retrospective cohort study was performed using the United States Renal Data System, analyzing patients receiving renal transplants from January 1, 1995, to September 29, 2006. Factors independently associated with transplantation in HIV-infected patients with end-stage renal disease were identified. There was a significant increase in renal transplant recipients who were HIV seropositive who received renal transplants from 2001 to 2006 (n=208, 0.26%) versus 1995 to 2000 era (n=43, 0.06%, P<0.001). Before 2001, only 18 states performed renal transplants in HIV-infected patients, whereas most states transplanted HIV-infected patients in the second era. There were more African American recipients with HIV infection from 2001 to 2006 compared with the earlier cohort (n=118 vs. 8, P<0.001). Patients with HIV infection were more likely to have received induction therapy (n=121 vs. 37, P<0.001) and tacrolimus maintenance suppression (n=105 vs. 13, P<0.001) in the latter era. There were also more deceased donor transplants from 2001 to 2006 (n=143 vs. 25, P<0.001). In logistic regression analysis, when adjusted for multiple factors including recipient and donor age, race, gender, and donor type, patients with HIV infection were more likely to have been transplanted after 2001 (adjusted odds ratio, 2.21; 95% confidence interval=1.49-3.28). In analysis adjusted for multiple factors including hepatitis C virus coinfection, HIV infection was not significantly associated with all-cause graft loss. There has been a dramatic increase in the number of transplants among HIV-infected patients. These findings suggest improved access to transplant wait listing and better management of immunosuppression, especially among African American patients.
    Transplantation 02/2011; 91(8):864-8. · 3.78 Impact Factor
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    American Journal of Kidney Diseases 01/2011; 57(1 Suppl 1):A8, e1-526. · 5.29 Impact Factor
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    Hypertension 10/2010; 56(5):801-3. · 6.87 Impact Factor

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  • 2003–2014
    • The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
      Maryland, United States
    • Madigan Army Medical Center
      Tacoma, Washington, United States
    • Case Western Reserve University
      • School of Medicine
      Cleveland, OH, United States
  • 2013
    • Howard University
      • Department of Medicine
      Washington, West Virginia, United States
  • 2002–2012
    • National Institutes of Health
      • National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)
      Bethesda, MD, United States
    • Minneapolis Medical Research Foundation
      Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
    • Medical University of South Carolina
      Charleston, South Carolina, United States
    • Joslin Diabetes Center
      • Section on Genetics and Epidemiology
      Boston, MA, United States
  • 2002–2011
    • Walter Reed National Military Medical Center
      • Department of Nephrology
      Washington, Washington, D.C., United States
  • 2009
    • University of Adelaide
      Tarndarnya, South Australia, Australia
  • 2008
    • George Washington University
      • Department of Medicine
      Washington, D. C., DC, United States
    • Johns Hopkins University
      • Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology, and Clinical Research
      Baltimore, MD, United States
  • 2002–2008
    • Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science
      • • Department of Medicine
      • • Internal Medicine
      Los Angeles, California, United States
  • 2006–2007
    • University of Florida
      Gainesville, Florida, United States
    • Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
      Maryland, United States